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First-year living? Res Halls are the place to be!

My freshman year at K-State would not have been the same without the amazing residence halls! Read on to learn about my experience living in Moore Hall, and what you can expect from Res Hall life!

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Residence Hall Assignments

Finally, the moment every incoming student is anxiously awaiting has arrived. The distribution of roommate and residence hall assignments! When the email comes through you are hoping you filled out your application early enough, holding your breath that you are placed with roommates of your choice, and crossing your fingers that you received your first preference in residence halls. You open the email, scroll through it to see your results, then what happens? For the majority of students, you will see the residence hall you selected first or second along with the roommates of your choice. However, it is possible to receive a residence hall assignment that perhaps was not exactly at the top of your list. What do you do now?

The good thing is every residence hall room at K-State comes provided with the same features and amenities – no residence hall is “better” than another. In addition, every residence hall floor will have a resident assistant or RA to help students meet others living on their floor, as well as, keep students updated on events/activities happening on campus. Not to mention, once the semester gets started you will be so busy with classes, friends, activities, jobs, etc you will not be spending every waking moment in your residence hall room. You will love your space and use your time there to decompress and re-group for your busy day ahead. Residence hall and roommate assignments will be distributed during these first two weeks of July, so be sure to check your email regularly! Most importantly, remember if you do not receive your first choice – do not be discouraged! No matter where you live you will make lasting friendships and be exposed to numerous opportunities for involvement both inside and outside of the residence halls. Start making your lists for Bed, Bath, and Beyond, Target, Walmart, etc. so you can decorate your room and personalize your space – only 1 1/2 months until fall semester begins!

Residence Hall Applications, Take Two

I promised to write another blog concerning Residence Hall Applications when contracts became available. So, guess what time it is?! Contract signing time! In a previous blog post I discussed the first part of the Housing Application process for students wishing to live in the Residence Halls. Now part two has arrived! After completing the first portion of your Housing Application (see my previous blog for instructions regarding this), Housing and Dining will contact you via email regarding the second portion of the application process. This is where you get to do all the fun stuff: preference which Residence Hall you would like to live in and if you would like to live on a cluster floor, list your roommates (if you are living with someone you know) or mark if you will take a pot luck roommate, and state if you prefer a suite or traditional style room. Remember rooms are assigned on a first come first serve basis, so in this instance you want to be first. Fill out the first portion of the application, so you will be able to complete the second part and reserve your place in line! There is a $400 deposit due with this part of the contract, so keep that in mind. However, this is refundable until June 1st, so if your living arrangements change you will be able to get your money back until that date. Finally, your roommate assignments will be sent out during the first part of July – so get excited! As you embark upon your last few months of high school, your journey is really just beginning.

Have questions or comments about the application process? Unsure of which Residence Hall you want to live in? Deciding if you want to live with friends or go pot luck? Share your thoughts! Also check out the Residence Hall section of the Housing and Dining website at: http://housing.k-state.edu/reshalls/index.php.

Growing Up

I have officially signed on to complete a trifecta of housing at K-State next year. I signed a lease with three of my fraternity brothers and will be venturing to living off campus next year. I find myself thinking two things:

1. Am I really old enough to do this?

2. This is going to be the greatest year of my life.

I’ve enjoyed all of my organized living experiences while at K-State. I started out living in the Residence Halls. A friend from high school and I were roommates, but we shared a suite with two guys we didn’t know. I loved having the comfort of knowing my roommate,  but meeting new people was an awesome experience as well. My time in the Residence Halls helped make me even more outgoing and comfortable meeting new people. I loved my time in the Residence Halls and still am friends with people from my hall. Check out the Residence Hall options at K-State here!

Second semester of Freshman year I moved into my Fraternity. I was not expecting to move at semester, but I took the opportunity to join a place that I knew was best for me. I have loved my time in the fraternity. The leadership opportunities I had helped shape me into the man I am today. Check out Greek Life at K-State here!

I credit both of my housing experiences at K-State for shaping who I am today and I can’t wait to see what this new housing experience has in store for me!

If you have any questions about any housing options at K-State, leave a comment and I will respond as quick as I can.

Ode to the Dining Center

I can not express how much I miss the dining center!!!

As I browsed through my cupboard this morning while making lunch, I realized just how much I took Derby, Kramer, and Strong for granted. Things got even worse yesterday when I walked by ‘the Derb’ and caught a whiff of all the wonders of readily prepared meals. You just never know how good you have it until you move off campus and cook for yourself.

Lesson of the day: savor every moment, my friends! It is definitely a privilege.

I have enjoyed living off campus, I have. But I would give anything to have a meal plan right now. A meal at Kramer or Strong has almost replaced my longing for a home-cooked meal (Mom, don’t tell Grandma).

I miss it so much I even looked on today’s menu to see what everyone living in the resident halls gets to enjoy. And then I looked at my lunch…it’s just not the same.

Anybody have a guest pass?

Residence Hall Applications Available!

It’s that time of year again! Residence Hall Applications are now available online! Visit: http://housing.k-state.edu/reshalls/apply.php to fill out your application. I would definitely suggest filling out this application early as it sets you up to receive step two of the housing application process, which is the housing contract. It is during this second step that students are able to preference which Residence Hall they would like to live in, what style of room they prefer, as well as, preference roommates or choose to go potluck and meet someone new.

I completely understand housing can be a major stressor for students during the college selection process. I was terrified. I always brought my lunch to school, so how was I going to eat in the residence halls for every meal? I have a TON of stuff, so how was I going to fit it all into my space? Rest assured, the food is delicious (it constantly wins awards for variety and taste) and you will have plenty of space (if I can do it anyone can do it). After you fill out this first portion of the housing application, again do it early!, it’s a great time to start thinking about where you want to live and who you want to live with. Would you rather live in a traditional style room with a community style bathroom that is cleaned for you everyday? Or do you prefer a suite style room to share with 2-4 roommates and your own bathroom, which you are responsible for cleaning? Keep in mind suite style rooms are slightly more expensive each semester than traditional style rooms. It is also important to consider who you want to live with. Are you ready to branch out on your own with someone completely new? Or are you more comfortable living with your best friend or even just an acquaintance from high school? You have to determine what will work best for you. For me, the best combination was a 4 person suite style room to share with my best friend from high school, a mutual high school friend, and one potluck roommate. While we did not always get along, you are guaranteed to have a few squabbles whenever you live with anyone, we learned what made each other tick and the best way to overcome conflicts. I’ll post more information about on campus housing whenever the second step of the housing application process is available, but for now be sure to fill out step one at: http://housing.k-state.edu/reshalls/apply.php to fill out your application.

Have a question, comment, or concern about on campus housing or Residence Life? Feel free to comment! I’d love to address anything that’s on your mind!

A lesson in parking.

First off, no..this is not my car. Secondly, this poor individual has been the laughing stock of anyone who walks through our dorm’s parking lot. Over the course of a week in front of an expired meter, this baby has accumulated 6 parking tickets.
That’s right..not 1, not 3, but 6. Who knows…maybe they forgot they parked there?

As much as it pains me to admit, K-State does have some minor imperfections, i.e., parking for freshman. It’s definitely a manageable obstacle, but if you park somewhere you aren’t permitted to…watch out. When it comes to parking violations, campus police are merciless.

xoxo, ellen

 

 

A humbling surprise.

 

 

If you have ever known me or even passed me on campus, you have probably noticed the plethora of colorful friendship bracelets I sport daily. Regardless of if they are faded, frayed, or unsightly, they each have their own story. Some are from friends I went to summer camp with as a child, and some are my own attempts at trying a new braid or knot out. As much as I cherish each one, the red bracelet above is a new addition to my collection that I hold especially dear to my heart.

KSU has an incredible, unique International Studies program. Each semester, hundreds of eager students from across the world make the daring trek to settle into a completely new environment in pursuit of attaining higher education while learning about our culture. On my floor in my residence hall, we have 5 or 6 international students from China. I will be completely honest–I have very little knowledge of Chinese culture or their language. Initially, I believed that relating to them would be difficult, but I was wrong. A few girls from my floor were in a conversation in the hallway when two of the Chinese girls approached us. They introduced themselves and handed us each a red bracelet with white beads. They explained that it was a custom from their home province to give gifts to new friends and that these were good luck bracelets that they purchased before coming overseas.

That little red bracelet has completely changed my perspective. These students are in a completely foreign environment and far outside of their comfort zones. Although it would be far easier for them to settle for what is most comfortable, they are reaching out. They want to get to know us and all about our culture. That’s why they’re here! Next time you pass an international student on campus, smile at them and say hello! Show them some K-State lovin’ and why this campus is the best place for them to be.

xoxo, ellen